Science Night September 23


On this week’s Science Night, we bring you into stories of second chances and mysterious circumstances. On Nature, watch wild orphans get a chance at a new life, and on NOVA, dive into an expedition that took a mysterious turn. To wrap up the night, Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story takes a look at the man who inspired the book and film adaptation, Into the Wild.

Nature Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances at 7 pm
Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

NOVA Arctic Ghost Ship at 8 pm
Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships—a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition.

Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story at 9 pm
Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie, Into the Wild.

Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings

Indie lens pop-up

Independent Lens announced the launch of Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around films from the award-winning PBS series. Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

The Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes a diverse selection of new documentaries that explore issues from race to gun violence, from veterans’ issues to autism.  Each free event takes place starting at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

Here is the complete Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup for 2015-16.


October 6th
Stray Dog
by Debra Granik
From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s much more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he also comes to terms with his combat experience.


November 3rd
Mimi and Dona
by Sophie Sartain
For 64 years, 92-year-old Mimi has cared for her daughter Dona, who has an intellectual disability, and now faces the inevitable: to find Dona a home. This alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming film by Mimi’s granddaughter tells the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo, and their effect on three generations of a Texas family.


December 1st
Autism in Love
by Matt Fuller
Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.


January 5th
In Football We Trust
by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.


February 2nd
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
by Stanley Nelson
A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

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The Graduates
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.


April 5th
The Armor of Light
by Abigail Disney
Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.


May 3rd
Peace Officer
by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber
The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who’s been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.


June 7th
by Zack Canepari and Drea Cooper
17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but as we see in this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Black Panthers documentary screening 9/30


KLRU’s community partner the Austin Film Society will host a screening of Stanley Nelson’s “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” September 30 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.

The documentary explores the complex story of The Black Panthers through an array of interviews and archival footage with people who were there. Nelson, who was awarded a 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, is known for films that explore African-American history and for films that give the audience special access to well-known stories – often through archival footage as in “Jonestown: The Life and Death Of Peoples Temple.” Sundance Institute called the film, which premiered at the festival, “a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.”


Wild Kratts Live! 1/23

Wild Kratts

You gotta be squidding me! The wildly popular PBS Kids show Wild Kratts is coming to the University of Texas’ Bass Concert Hall January 23 for Wild Kratts Live!

Emmy-nominated brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, the creative team behind Wild Kratts, Kratt’s Creatures, Be the Creature and Zooboomafoo, create a special live-action adventure specifically for stage on their national tour. Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classic Wild Kratts story. In “To the Creature Rescue!”, the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain and save the animals of the creature world. The Kratts’ animated adventures on TV combine zany zoological fun with lessons about science.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at 512-477-6060 or on Texas Performing Arts Website.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Hispanic experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community.

New programs for this September & October include the documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.This program, airing on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 pm, examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home.

Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:

American Masters Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Friday, September 18 at 8 pm
This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Arts In Context Shorts Barrio Writers
By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it.  This writing community began with small workshops atEl Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week long, intensive programs on university campuses. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Watch more Barrio Writers videos from Arts In Context Shorts

POV Don’t Tell Anyone
Monday, September 21 at 9 pm
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. Hers is the quintessential America​n success​ story: Rivera is the author of the country’s first and only advice column for undocumented youth, and her YouTube channel boasts over 27,000 views as she comes out of the shadows to inspire her peers.

Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words
Monday, September 21 at 10:30 pm
Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, Bless Me, Ultima, in print since 1972. Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere – through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish – and in the end, succeed. Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic Of Words is a vital reference to the authentic culture of Hispanic New Mexico. And while the wellspring of Anaya’s stories is New Mexico, his insight is invaluable to understand the quest by all Hispanic Americans for cultural identity, recognition and respect.

Arts in Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday,October 1 at 7:30 pm
Through music and community, the band Los Pinkys is keeping the Conjunto musical tradition alive. Los Pinkys are a traditional-style conjunto formed in 1993 and have been performing around the United States ever since. The band is one of the few who continues the long tradition of the Sunday afternoon performance (Tardeadas). Elderly Mexican-American couples share the dance floor with a new crowd of revelers often experiencing their first sounds of conjunto music.

El Taller
Thursday,October 1 at 9 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 1 pm.
Proyecto Teatro aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society. For actor and director Luis Ordaz maintaining a space that leads to human development through the arts is his main reason to keep Talleres Infantiles alive. Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students. We follow Luis Ordaz and a group of theater students and volunteers as they work together to improve their community while keeping their culture alive.

Annual Imagen Awards
Friday, October 2 at 8 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
The 30th  Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS.  This year’s nominees include America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, the Children of Giant documentary by Hector Galan, Voces, Palmetto Scene: East coast Migrant Head Start, from South Carolina Educational Television and an on-air spot, Jessica Suarez PSA, out of Vegas PBS.

Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Monday, October 5 at 10:00 pm
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.  Film by Hector Galan.

Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson
Friday, October 9 at 8 pm
The PBS Arts Fall Festival is hosted by international superstar and Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan. The Festival begins October 9 and showcases such titles as Unity, which features 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and re-imagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.”

The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 9 at 9 pm
Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

Central Texas Gardener
Saturday, October 17 at noon
Meet effervescent Velia Sanchez who designed and maintains a front yard garden complete with colorful meditative nicho. Every month of the year, neighbors stroll through to gather serenity and wonder, along with handfuls of fresh herbs and flowers. Not only only does Velia teach young and old about the wildlife that visit, she also passes along knowledge of Mexican herbal remedies for health and good taste.

Arts In Context Shorts: Barrio Writers

By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education, and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community – and embracing it. This writing community began with small workshops at El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week-long, intensive programs on university campuses across America. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words. Having also published several summers of writing into anthologies, they collaborate to promote diversity, cultivate creative writing, and offer a new voice in literature. Get information about events in Central Texas at

Watch full performances from students who participated in the Austin program this summer.

American Graduate Day Oct. 3rd


On October 3rd, KLRU will be exploring the dropout crisis in Central Texas and celebrating the people and organizations who are working to keep all young people in our community on track to graduate high school. From 10 am to 5 pm, KLRU will participate in national American Graduate Day. American Graduate Day is a 7 hour celebration of the American Graduate initiative. In between the national content, Central Texas students will be your hosts from KLRU’s Studio 6A to talk about what the station is doing locally.

Local focus areas during the day include:
10:24am & 10:54am: Early Education
11:24am & 11:54am: Caring Consistent Adults
12:24pm & 12:54pm: More and Better Learning
1:24pm & 1:54pm: Special Needs Communities
2:24pm & 2:54pm: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
3:24pm & 3:54pm: Dropout Prevention and Recovery
4:24pm: Career Readiness and College Completion

American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen – a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help more kids stay on the path to graduation. the program will tell the story of Community Partners and Champions – those groups and individuals providing support, advice, and intervention services to at‐risk students, families, and schools.

Highlights September 13 to September 19

KLRU Highlights

Hear Gabrielle’s explanation of what is and isn’t garbage on The Mind of a Chef Garbage at 5:30 pm on Sunday.

On Great British Baking Show Bread at 6 pm on Sunday, watch the 12 remaining contestants bake 36 perfectly thin and crispy bread sticks and technically tricky English muffins. The Showstopper features outrageous loaves of bread: a Christmas wreath, a proud peacock and a psychic octopus.

Sir Arthur and Woodie get a shock after they order their driver to “follow that carriage!” on Masterpiece Arthur & George Part 2 at 7 pm on Sunday.

Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all—delivering a Best Man’s speech on John’s wedding day on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Sign of Three at 8 pm on Sunday.

On Vicious Stag Do at 9:30 pm on Sunday and 10:30 pm on Saturday, finding themselves both single, Violet and Ash consider dating new people. Violet has already met someone on the internet, while Ash’s ex, Chloe, returns.

When a poet hangs himself in his locked conservatory. Father Brown thinks that it was not a suicide, but a murder on Father Brown The Wrong Shape at 10 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on Saturday.

Amid the upheaval the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother’s mysterious death on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Greater Good at 11 pm on Sunday.

Every antique is a survivor, but considering some have made it through exceptionally dangerous circumstances, it is amazing they survived at all. Antiques Roadshow Special: Survivors at 7 pm on Monday highlights amazing tales of rescues, near misses and beating the odds with treasures that have endured wars, natural disasters and fires.

Explore the complex life and enduring legacy of the iconic filmmaker from his early days creating Mickey Mouse through the making of Snow White, the first full-length animated film on Walt Disney: American Experience Part One at 8 pm on Monday.

High school dropouts, educators, and researchers introduce the economic and personal costs of dropping out, why a high school equivalency is no longer enough, and the benefits of dropouts gaining second chances on Dropping Back In Second Chances at 10 pm on Monday. Then, at 10:30 pm on Monday, Dropping Back In Building a Better Life features Cafe Hope, a culinary apprentice program in New Orleans and The Makers Coalition, a training program in sewing manufacturing.

Follow Jim Henson’s career, from his early television work with the Muppets in the 1950s to his commercial work and network appearances, his breakthrough with Sesame Street and “The Muppet Show,” his fantasy films and his sudden death in 1990 on In Their Own Words Jim Henson at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Explore the complex life and enduring legacy of the creative genius as Walt Disney made films such as Cinderella and Mary Poppins and realized his dream project, Disneyland, on Walt Disney: American Experience Part Two at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from Ukraine to YouTube during Hava Nagila at 10 pm on Tuesday. Featuring Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell and more, the program celebrates the power of music, the importance of joy and the resilient spirit of a people.

On Nature The Sagebrush Sea at 7 pm on Wednesday, learn about one of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent that consists of a massive sea of sagebrush stretching across 11 states in the American West.

Take a dazzling dive with NOVA Creatures of Light at 8 pm on Wednesday to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet on Particle Fever at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Golden Hornet Project has presented over 60 concerts of indie classical music by more than 40 composers from non-academic musical backgrounds – all in the name of making classical music exciting and accessible. Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm on Thursday will take behind the scenes to the follow up to the highly successful “String Quartet Smackdown I.”

Aaron gets a lesson in cooking “cowboy style” in a way that combines traditional BBQ skills with the grill on BBQ with Franklin Direct Heat & Mesquite at 8 pm on Thursday. Then, go behind the scenes at a big city BBQ joint in Dallas and learn their unique take on Texas traditions.

Chet heads to no-man’s land to canoe the “most pristine river in Texas” in Devils River, Texas. On this multi-day canoe trip, he fishes, camps on the banks of this blue river, and learns what it takes to survive in the middle of nowhere on The Daytripper Devils River, TX at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

Austin City Limits at 9 pm on Thursday and 9 pm on Friday features soulful pop from Sam Smith and Future Islands. UK sensation Smith sings “Stay With Me” and others from his debut. Future Islands features their single “Seasons (Waiting on You)” as well as other tunes from Singles. Then, Foo Fighters feature songs from the best-selling Sonic Highways at 7 pm on Saturday.

Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, on American Masters Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey at 8 pm on Friday.

Meet homegrown designs that inspire drought tough visions and visit a garden that supports wildlife all year on Central Texas Gardener Master Gardener Tour 2015 at noon on Saturday.

What’s happening this weekend: Sept. 11-13

Austin Skyline

Celebrate Mexico’s independence

Help celebrate Mexico’s independence with free games, prizes, music & food Friday night at the Metz Theatre’s Community Deiz de Seis celebration! The city is hosting the celebration and it’s free for the whole family.

Then, on Saturday, the city hosts a ¡Viva México! celebration at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center featuring guest speakers and music.

Mid-September starts Hispanic Heritage Month. Stay tuned throughout the month for special programming from PBS and KLRU. Click here for programs and air dates.

Deiz de Seis celebration Friday – Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here. ¡Viva México! Saturday – Hours: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

Free music at the Hill Country Galleria

If you haven’t been out to the Saturday night concert series at the Hill Country Galleria, you’re missing out. It may be a bit of a drive depending on where you live, but the outdoor ampitheater theater is charming and so is the galleria itself. The week’s rain is expected to clear up by Saturday, and the temperature isn’t supposed to get much higher than 90 degrees, so expect a nice night with vendors, food and kids’ events like face painting. Rosie Flores is playing this week!

To feel inspired and get in a musical mood, check out this story from Student Reporting Labs alumnus and KLRU intern Kennedy Huff, which aired on PBS NewsHour last week. Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center serves as a probation facility for the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. While in detention, the residents continue working toward their high school diploma, get exposure to trades, and learn a variety of arts.

Hours: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

Let your teens officially say goodbye to summer

Last weekend was Labor Day, which we all know signifies the official end of summer. If you’re still holding on to summer days (and your teenagers are, too) the Austin Rec Center is hosting the So Long Summer Fest on Saturday featuring local teen bands and DJs, a film competition and games.

Meanwhile, PBS Parents has endless resources on parenting teenagers and preteens. Click here to get informed!

Hours: Music starts at noon. Admission: Free. Details and RSVP here.

Science Night September 16

This week’s Science Night takes you on the land, in the sea and everywhere in between. Nature tells the story of the animals living in the sagebrush sea—a place that’s anything but empty. Then, NOVA dives down to explore shiny, shimmering sea life, and Particle Fever captures the thrill of discovery during the building of the Large Hadron Collider.

Nature The Sagebrush Sea at 7 pm
One of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent consists of a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West. Learn how the sagebrush is losing ground contending with wells and pipelines tapping the resources buried deep below.

NOVA Creatures of Light at 8 pm
Take a dazzling dive with NOVA and National Geographic to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Particle Fever at 9 pm
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.

In this clip, theoretical physicist David Kaplan discusses the making of the documentary, Particle Fever.